BJP attacks Nitish Kumar over purchase of "sub standard" medicines

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'Cheap' medicines: BJP attacks Nitish
Patna, July 7: Opposition BJP today tried to corner former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by raising the issue of purchase of "substandard" medicines from "blacklisted" companies and supplied to hospitals which resulted in death of a person recently and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

BJP members entered into Well in both Houses of Bihar legislature on the issue. Former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters that "substandard" medicines were purchased from six "blacklisted" companies in January this year and supplied in hospitals of the state.

As a result of supply of such medicines, one Arvind Sah of Banka, died in Bhagalpur hospital on May 21 last, he alleged. The patient had come for treatment of his ear and lost his life after being administered anaesthesia. The hospital without giving reason for his death got him cremated even without post mortem, he said alleging cover up.

Nitish Kumar was holding charge of Health at the time after BJP had parted company with him in June last year. Sushil Modi said that his party colleague Baidyanath Prasad through adjournment motion in Legislative Council had raised four issues.

First, why medicines worth Rs 100 crore was purchased from six "blacklisted" companies located in Kerala and Rajasthan? The medicines purchased were of "substandard" quality and supplied to hospitals at an "inflated" rates ranging from 4 per cent to 875 per cent, he alleged.


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